« So when we talk about access to digital infrastructure, to the internet, What do we mean by access? Access means different things to different people. It’s not as simple on and off button. At the same time, access is much more than an on and off button. And it’s much more than the technical infrastructures that allow us to be online. For us at Whose Knowledge the questions that we ask, are predominantly about; What do we find once we’re online? Whose knowledge is it online?
Over 60% of the world is online, is digitally connected. Three fourths of those who are online are from the global south (Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands and the Middle East). And over 48% of all women are online, And yet the internet ‘does not look like me’.
If we want to truly reimagine and redesign the internet to be full, and from us all, how do we do this? How do we centre the design, the leadership and the imaginations of the majority of the world?
What does it look like to think about access as not just being the on and off button, but what we do when the light comes on? »
Anasuya Sengupta at the Open for Discussion Conversation Series
School of Advanced Study, University of London | February 23, 2021